Enhancing Territorial Equity and Social Inclusion in Brasilia’s Land Markets



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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
1) Having a clear understanding of the major bottlenecks to regularization of tenure was critical to identifying the actions that needed to be taken to facilitate the regularization process. 2) Involving the key departments of the Federal District government early in the process (e.g. Environment) was critical to ensuring the buy-in of the entire government. 3) Preparing a comparative analysis of the cost of regularization under exisiting legal and regulatory frameworks compared to the cost under proposed reforms was key to selling the reform agenda. 4) Having the direct leadership at the level of department Secretaries (top level) resulted in changing an institutional mind-set and was essential for disseminating the ideas of reform at the government and community levels.


This proposal sets out to establish a basis for regulatory and institutional reform of Brasilia’s land markets and habitat delivery systems so as to enhance and increase territorial equity and social inclusion.
1) Revise Brasilia’s planning legislation to accommodate: the expansion of urban areas;  2) densification of existing urbanised areas;  3) changes in land uses, and;  4) greater inclusion of different socio-economic groups in the city’s planning and development;  5)Address informality in Brasilia, including informal housing;  6) Address the flow of housing and land assets in Brasilia;  7) and Strengthen the capacity and reform the culture of the Secretariat of Housing and Urban Development (SEDUH), the primary agency responsible for setting urban policy in Brasilia and implementing land development and housing programmes.
(i) Making compatible Brasilia’s cultural heritage with the need for enhancing territorial equity;  (ii) Addressing informality and finding scale-able and sustainable solutions to halting growing informality (the stock);  (iii) Finding sustainable solutions to the provision of low-cost housing that effectively engages the private sector (the flow); and  (iv) Modernizing SEDUH to make it more effective in addressing the territorial inequities of the Brasilia land markets.
Expected Impacts and Results
(i) Reform of the regulatory regime for urban planning and development allowing for increased and more equitable access to urbanised land and housing in Brasilia;  (ii) Greater flexibility and facility to regularise the informal settlements and the eventual 100% regularisation of all irregular settlements in Brasilia;  (iii) An effective public-private partnership for progressive housing finance and development in Brasilia and its surrounding urbanised communities;  (iv) A more effective SEDUH capable of enforcing urban and planning regulations, and facilitating new development and regularisation of existing settlements.